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  • Space officers could have a better chance of promotion under new proposed
    • Authors: Sandra Erwin
      Abstract: Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is proposing a new promotion system for Air Force officers with Under the proposed system, space officers would only compete against space officers for
      PubDate: Thu, 16 May 2019 20:34:56 +000
  • House appropriators pass on NASA budget amendment
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: “I have a hard time seeing how the Europa lander project continues without Culberson.” Casey Dreier, senior space policy adviser for The Planetary Society. Credit: SpaceNews illustrationThe House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill May 16 that adds more than $1 billion to NASA’s original request but offers little in the way of additional funding for exploration priorities included in the agency’s recent budget
      PubDate: Thu, 16 May 2019 19:48:28 +000
  • Landspace assembles methalox engine, signs international agreements
    • Authors: Brian Berger
      Abstract: Assembly of the TQ-12 methalox engine at a Landspace facility in Huzhou. Credit: LandspaceChinese private launch firm LandSpace has completed assembly of a liquid methane-liquid oxygen rocket engine for its new Zhuque-2 launch
      PubDate: Thu, 16 May 2019 13:14:20 +000
  • Senate hearing examines commercial implications of Space Force
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: CruzWhile most of the debate about establishing a Space Force within the Defense Department has centered on its national security implications, a recent Senate hearing examined how it could bolster growing commercial activity in
      PubDate: Thu, 16 May 2019 08:57:32 +000
  • Musk says Starlink “economically viable” with around 1,000
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: SpaceX Falcon 9 fairing StarlinkSpaceX shared details about its largely secretive Starlink constellation program March 15, providing updated targets for commercial service, details about satellite design and the thought process behind why the company’s upper target is 12,000
      PubDate: Thu, 16 May 2019 03:13:56 +000
  • Prototype Ariane 6 carbon-composite upper stage gets ESA funding
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: Icarus PhoebusThe European Space Agency gave contracts to ArianeGroup and MT Aerospace on May 14 to develop a prototype upper stage that could lead to an advanced carbon-composite upgrade for the Ariane 6
      PubDate: Wed, 15 May 2019 21:35:20 +000
  • The new frontier of national security and exploration is in the
    • Authors: Brian Berger
      Abstract: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gives remarks May 14 at the premiere of the film Fifty years after man’s first steps on the moon, the future of human exploration in the final frontier is at a critical turning point, ULA CEO Tory Bruno
      PubDate: Wed, 15 May 2019 21:01:18 +000
  • Singtel profits dip • Argentine, Turkish companies form small GEO
           builder • KVH sells Videotel business for $90 million
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: GSATCOM wants to build satellites up to 2,000 kilograms for customers who want small, geostationary communications satellites. Credit: GSATCOMSingtel reported its lowest profit in 16 years, citing increasing competitive pressure in India and Indonesia.
      PubDate: Wed, 15 May 2019 17:45:44 +000
  • Troubleshooting of Mars InSight instrument continues
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: InSight after landingEngineers are continuing to work to free an instrument on NASA’s InSight Mars lander that remains stuck just below the
      PubDate: Wed, 15 May 2019 15:10:10 +000
  • Iceye and APSI enter pact to sell radar imagery in South Korea
    • Authors: Debra Werner
      Abstract: Iceye, the Finnish startup that launched the first synthetic aperture radar microsatellite in 2018, captured this image of Seoul, South Korea, with its second satellite, Iceye-X2, sent into orbit in December on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Credit: IceyeAsia Pacific Satellite Inc. and Iceye, the Finnish company that launched the first synthetic aperture radar microsatellite, announced a memorandum of understanding May 15 to deliver radar imagery to government and commercial customers in South
      PubDate: Wed, 15 May 2019 13:00:48 +000
  • Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa business struggles to lift off
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: Belmer EutelsatEutelsat executives said the challenges getting Konnect Africa off the ground since 2016 are now largely in the rearview, but have nonetheless pushed any material revenue from the growth initiative out to the company’s next fiscal
      PubDate: Wed, 15 May 2019 03:14:52 +000
  • Bridenstine says $1.6 billion at “low end” of funding needed to keep
           2024 lunar landing on schedule
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: Bridenstine Humans to Mars 2019A day after NASA unveiled an amended budget request to support a human landing on the moon in 2024, the agency’s leader warned that if Congress provided less than the request it increased the risk of missing that
      PubDate: Tue, 14 May 2019 22:20:52 +000
  • House appropriators restrict funds for Space Development Agency
    • Authors: Sandra Erwin
      Abstract: Space Development Agency Director Fred Kennedy outlines his vision for a space architecture that leverages commercial industry to deliver military capabilities. Credit: Tom Kimmell for SpaceNewsHouse appropriators would block funding for the Space Development Agency pending a report on SDA's future projects and
      PubDate: Tue, 14 May 2019 17:12:11 +000
  • Cost of Delta 4 Heavy launches is down but the real price is a secret
    • Authors: Sandra Erwin
      Abstract: A Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office prepares to lift off June 11 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Credit: Josh Dinner/SpaceNewsThe Air Force announcement that it is paying ULA $449.8 million for three Delta 4 Heavy launches is only half the
      PubDate: Tue, 14 May 2019 15:58:33 +000
  • Download your News from Satellite 2019 digital edition
    • Authors: SpaceNews
      Abstract: News from Satellite 2019 cover web27We've compiled all our Satellite 2019 coverage into to a special digital edition brought to you with support from Ball
      PubDate: Tue, 14 May 2019 14:56:30 +000
  • Q&A: The changing assumptions of the small launch market
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) in a clean room at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, in August. ICON will launch on a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL vehicle, attached beneath the company's L-1011 Stargazer aircraft. Credit: NASADo small launcher companies need megaconstellation business to survive? How should they approach a market that sometimes feels like its changing faster than the rockets themselves? Five launch companies discussed these topics March 13 at a Washington Space Business Roundtable discussion moderated by
      PubDate: Tue, 14 May 2019 14:48:27 +000
  • NASA seeks additional $1.6 billion for 2024 Moon plan
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: lunar landerThe White House and NASA announced May 13 that they will seek an additional $1.6 billion in funding for the agency in fiscal year 2020, a “down payment” on efforts to achieve a human lunar landing by
      PubDate: Tue, 14 May 2019 00:54:54 +000
  • Dozens of satellites could feed NOAA’s future weather models
    • Authors: Debra Werner
      Abstract: In this example hybrid architecture from NOAA’s Satellite Observing System Architecture study, NOAA would rely on a mix of U.S. government satellites and hosted payloads in geostationary orbit complemented by partially disaggregated LEO systems and commercial data buys. Credit: NOAA graphicThe U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s future satellite constellations are likely to look far different from the current ones, particularly in low Earth orbit where small satellites of various sizes could gather targeted
      PubDate: Mon, 13 May 2019 16:17:36 +000
  • MDA to build search-and-rescue repeaters for GPS 3F satellites
    • Authors: DPugliese
      Abstract: Lockheed Martin stands to build up to 32 GPS 3 satellites under contracts awarded in 2008 and 2018. Credit: Lockheed MartinThe Canadian government has selected MDA to design, build and deliver 10 search-an- rescue repeaters for its Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue system to be hosted on the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS satellites.
      PubDate: Mon, 13 May 2019 12:41:32 +000
  • Op-ed | Accelerating the U.S. space program requires measured risks
    • Authors: Liz Pillow
      Abstract: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, March 26, directed NASA to land humans on the moon by 2024, four years earlier than the agency's current plans. Credit: NASA TVAmerica must continue to be a leader, willing to invest real and intellectual capital, to develop a balanced space exploration program.
      PubDate: Mon, 13 May 2019 12:36:53 +000
  • Parachute development a challenge for commercial crew
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: CST-100 Starliner parachute testAn incident involving a test of parachutes for one commercial crew vehicle has heightened awareness of the challenges involved in developing those systems, as well as determining what constitutes an
      PubDate: Mon, 13 May 2019 00:57:15 +000
  • Inmarsat shareholders approve takeover offer
    • Authors: Caleb Henry
      Abstract: Inmarsat NOCThe majority of Inmarsat’s shareholders voted May 10 in favor of a $3.3 billion acquisition offer by a consortium of
      PubDate: Sun, 12 May 2019 03:39:29 +000
  • United States and Luxembourg sign space cooperation agreement
    • Authors: Jeff Foust
      Abstract: Ross and SchneiderThe governments of the United States and Luxembourg, two of the biggest proponents of space commercialization, signed an agreement May 10 that could lead to greater cooperation between the two countries on a variety of space
      PubDate: Fri, 10 May 2019 18:47:26 +000
  • Virgin Galactic prepares to move vehicles, staff to Spaceport America
    • Authors: Debra Werner
      Abstract: WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, VMS Eve on tarmac at Spaceport America in front of Virgin Galactic's Gateway to Space building, which will house vehicles, flight operations and astronaut preparation. Credit: Virgin GalacticVirgin Galactic plans to move its spaceship, carrier aircraft and flight operations personnel this summer from Mojave, California, to New Mexico’s Spaceport America, company executives announced May
      PubDate: Fri, 10 May 2019 18:21:36 +000
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